SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah officials reported the state's first
death associated with swine flu and Arizona recorded that state's
third victim, pushing the national death toll to 10 people.
David Sundwall, executive director of the Utah Department of
Health, said a 21-year-old man with swine flu died Wednesday
morning at a Salt Lake City hospital.
Sundwall said the man was overweight and had chronic medical
conditions, including respiratory problems and other health issues,
that would put him at risk.
Dagmar Vitek, medical director for the Salt Lake Valley Health
Department, says an investigation to determine how the man
contracted the virus is under way. She said officials don't believe
he traveled recently.
In neighboring Arizona, health officials said Wednesday a
13-year-old boy from Tucson also has died with swine flu. The
teenager died Friday of complications from the flu. He had been
hospitalized May 10.
The Arizona Department of Health Services, which confirmed test
results, said an older sibling of the teen is hospitalized with the
virus, and other family members have recovered from the flu,
according to spokeswoman Patti Woodcock.
In New York, students, officials, educators and friends gathered
Wednesday at the funeral of an assistant principal who became New
York City's first confirmed death related to swine flu. Hospital
and city officials said complications besides the virus probably
played a part in Sunday's death of the 55-year-old educator.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported more
than 5,700 confirmed and probable cases of swine flu in 47 states
and Washington, D.C.
The World Health Organization said 41 countries have reported
more than 10,000 cases, mostly in the U.S. and Mexico. The
organization said 80 deaths have been reported.
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